We all want to transform our body and upgrade our health, right?
If you don’t want to improve yourself, lose weight, and feel better than you have in years, then this article is not for you.
I’ll wait, while you leave…
Alright, now that I’m talking to the serious people only, let’s talk about how intermittent fasting affects the most important things when it comes to losing weight:
- Your metabolism
- Your hormones
- Your health
What Is Intermittent Fasting?
Even though you’ve probably read a hundred definitions on Intermittent Fasting, I’ll give you another quick one.
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that involves periods of food restriction (fasting) followed by normal eating.
This pattern of eating could help you lose weight, boost your energy, reduce your risk of disease and increase your lifespan.
Compared to standard, “restrict your calories” diets, intermittent fasting does not focus on calorie restriction, just feasting and famining (that’s a word, right?)
Eat, stop, eat some more, stop, snack, eat some more, etc…
You get the idea.
But what about your metabolism and hormones in the long term?
When most people start a diet, they aren’t thinking about the potential consequences.
Because every diet has them, you just need to educate yourself. Which is why you’re here!
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How Intermittent Fasting Affects Your Fat-Burning Hormones
They are several hormones that help you burn fat. Just like there are several hormones that help you store fat.
But who wants help STORING fat?
Not me, and certainty not YOU.
Hormones play a major role in weight management. This is mostly due to their influence on appetite, the number of calories you eat and how much fat you burn or end up storing.
In a nutshell, they control your metabolism and impact hormones.
Intermittent fasting has been linked to improvements in the balance of some fat burning hormones. This could make it a helpful tool for weight management.
So let’s look at the major hormones IF affects…
Insulin is one of the main hormones involved in fat metabolism. It tells your body to store fat and also stops your body from breaking fat down.
Having chronically high levels of insulin can make it much harder to lose weight. High levels of insulin have also been linked to diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Intermittent fasting has been shown to be just as effective as calorie-restricted diets for lowering your insulin levels.
In fact, this eating style could reduce fasting insulin levels by 20–31%.
Bottom line, if you have insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, or any glucose metabolism issues, they need to be addressed right away if you want to lose weight.
And the 3-Week Intermittent Fasting Diet focuses on the #1 hormone that affects your ability to lose stubborn weight, insulin.
But what about other hormones…
Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
HGH is one of the most underrated weight loss hormones, especially for women.
Girl, let me dish on why HGH is a hormone you should pay attention to. (Did I use that right?)
Fasting can cause a rise in blood levels of human growth hormone, an important hormone for promoting fat loss.
Some studies have shown that in men, levels of human growth hormone may increase by as much as five-fold while fasting.
Increases in blood levels of human growth hormone not only promote fat burning, but they also preserve muscle mass and have other benefits.
However, women don’t always experience the same benefits from fasting as men. And I’ll tell you why.
Women shouldn’t fast the same as men.
Since a woman’s hormonal system is much more delicate than a man’s, you need to fast strategically.
Enter “metabolic fasting.”
Metabolic fasting doesn’t just allow you to skip meals and fast in a the normal sense.
Metabolic fasting addresses why food quality, macrobalancing, carb pairing, food combining, and exercise are important for losing weight and boosting HGH (and other fat-burning hormones).
Norepinephrine, a stress hormone that improves alertness and attention, is involved in the “fight or flight” response.
It has a variety of other effects on your body, one of which is telling your body’s fat cells to release fatty acids.
Increases in norepinephrine generally lead to larger amounts of fat being available for your body to burn.
Fasting leads to a rise in the amount of norepinephrine in your bloodstream.
Intermittent Fasting And Metabolically Active Tissue
Metabolically active tissue is the only tissue that BURNS calories or stored fat.
So it stands to reason you’d want to have ALOT of metabolically active tissue (MAT), right?
And what is the best form of MAT?
Muscle is metabolically active tissue that helps keep your metabolic rate high. This helps you burn more calories, even at rest.
Before you think you need to look like a bodybuilder to burn stored fat, that’s not the case.
All you need is lean muscle mass.
Unfortunately, most people lose both fat and muscle when they lose weight.
Intermittent fasting preserves lean muscle mass better than calorie restriction due to its effect on fat burning hormones that we discussed above.
In particular, the increase in human growth hormone observed during fasting could help preserve muscle mass, even if you’re losing weight
A 2011 review found that intermittent fasting was more effective at retaining muscle during weight loss than a traditional, low-calorie diet.
Another win for intermittent fasting!
And when you fast, metabolic style you’re lean muscle mass is preserved and built even faster.
How Does Intermittent Fasting Affect Your Metabolism Overall
There’s really great news about this Intermittent Fasting Diet.
When you lose weight, your metabolic rate goes down. Part of this is because losing weight causes muscle loss, and muscle tissue burns calories around the clock.
However, the decrease in metabolic rate seen with weight loss can’t always be explained by the loss of muscle mass alone.
Severe calorie restriction over a long period can cause your metabolic rate to drop, as your body enters starvation mode (or “adaptive thermogenesis”).
Your body does this to conserve energy as a natural defense against starvation.
This has been demonstrated dramatically in a study of people who lost large amounts of weight while participating in the Biggest Loser show on TV.
Participants followed a calorie-restricted diet and intense exercise regimen to lose large amounts of weight.
The study found that six years later, most of them had regained nearly all of the weight they had lost. However, their metabolic rates had not gone back up and remained around 500 calories lower than you would expect for their body size.
That’s not good news for Biggest Loser OR for the other millions out there restricting their calories.
Eating less is NOT the answer.
Eating the right foods, in the right combinations, with the right intermittent fasting approach is the solution.
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Other studies investigating the effects of calorie restriction on weight loss have found similar results. The drop in metabolism due to weight loss can amount to hundreds of calories per day.
This confirms that “starvation mode” is real and can partly explain why many people who lose weight end up regaining it.
What’s The Final Verdict On Intermittent Fasting?
As you can see, intermittent fasting has an overall positive effect on your metabolism, hormones, and health.
It would be wise to start your intermittent fasting journey with a proven program that provides you with simple guidelines, easy meal plans, and even exercise.
I added all of this to my latest program called The 3-Week Intermittent Fasting Diet.
It’s intermittent fasting, with a metabolic twist!